As a preface to discussing “Seek the Face of the Lord” it may be of value to discuss why we should even try to achieve such a high and holy gift while in mortality. One might well ask “why not just wait until death brings us back into the Lord’s presence?” Isn’t seeing the Lord in this life intended for the apostles and prophets?
There is a path that leads to the celestial kingdom. There is only one path, and one way. Along the path there are specific events and ordinances we must accomplish one by one. We may not skip any of them and still arrive at our desired destination. I have Un-Blogged about this path many times. It is familiar to you, because it is the path you have been on since you first realized you were alive. It begins with recognizing your that your conscience is revelation and obeying it. This path leads up through all of the ordinances of the priesthood and into the presence of God. As members of Christ’s Church, we can name off the first half dozen easily. As we grow in understanding we eventually recognize and begin to yearn for the “greater things” of mortality, and when we are fully evolved in the things of God, we at last realize there is no limit to what we can achieve when we are willing to live the laws and pay the price required to obtain these lofty things.
As a mortal we inherited the effect of Adam’s fall from the presence of God. The fall forever separated us from God. The path noted above takes us back into the presence of God by a sequential process, line upon line, principle upon principle, which through the atonement of Christ, overcomes the effect of the fall and brings us back into the presence of God, the Father of us all. Only those who walk the path eventually overcome the fall. Even death does not automatically return us to Father’s presence. Those who do not walk this path will find themselves separated from God until the judgment day, which will then send them into a kingdom of glory or damnation where God (meaning the Father) does not dwell.
The point here is that if we expect or hope to one day return to Father, and to live with him in the Celestial Kingdom, we will at some point walk this pathway back into the presence of Christ, who will then, because of His position as our Savior and Redeemer, bring us back to the Father.
There are vast and glorious promises which may be obtained in this life by seeking and obtaining a face-to-face interview with Jesus Christ. The greatest of these involve being empowered to pass these blessings on to our posterity, to teach those we love and over whom we preside with absolute power and truth. It was this position of empowerment that allowed Alma to call down angels to arrest the decay of his son.
These are the gifts and privileges we seek, and into which we will be charting our course as we continue tomorrow with “Seek the Face of the Lord (Part 1)”.
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